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All Hallows Eve & All Saints Day

All Hallows Eve & All Saints Day

………….phew, this has been a super busy week and then some…………. Our Hunt Club Tea went well… People were well fed… Music blared.  (A huge industrial fan had to be enlisted (we have record breaking heat here in Florida for this time of the year.) I feel good when people not only eat the food I’ve made, but also take carrots for their horses along with a take home plate for later for themselves……. …..that means the food must’ve tasted…

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!!!!!!!*****First Hunt~~First Hunt~~First Hunt*****!!!!!!!

!!!!!!!*****First Hunt~~First Hunt~~First Hunt*****!!!!!!!

Get out of the way…………. …..old lady on a pony coming through…………. Lola and I made it to the first Hunt of the Season!!!!! Tra!  La! Actually Lola dragged me……. …..you don’t say no to Lola…! HA!  I just remembered the lyrics to that song! …..whatever Lola wants…..Lola gets… I’ll download some quick photos from the Hunt. It wasn’t too hot at 6:30am…(69F) It wasn’t too bad by 8:15am… …but it was heating up fast… It was sweaty hot when…

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I Just Don’t Know

I Just Don’t Know

Yesterday, Addy had blood pulled for her sixth—VI—6th time since March for yet another bloodwork panel. I had the vet out…….(the week-end vet, not Stevie Wonder). It was because Addy stopped eating…….and she’s always been a shining member of the clean-plate-club… My heart hit my heels and my stomach stopped in my throat… I have every reason to take paranoia to the extreme… ~~~~~~~~~~~~~Time out for keening, self-hugging and rocking~~~~~~~~~~~~~   Her temperature was all right.  But she just didn’t…

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Wind Shear Is My Friend

Wind Shear Is My Friend

Upper level wind shear can be a good thing. *****Wind Shear Explained*****   It’s a very good thing to have around during Hurricane Season.   Meteorologists have a list of their own terms & jargon that anyone living in Florida learns and clings to from June through November. Upper Level Wind Shear is a warm-fuzzy term… When I hear that word-combination bandied about, it makes me happy… Wind Shear is a weather condition that blows around way up high… It…

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Goldfish, Broccoli, Rubber Bands, Eastern Equine Encephalitis, & Frozen Peas

Goldfish, Broccoli, Rubber Bands, Eastern Equine Encephalitis, & Frozen Peas

Florida summers………………….. They are like a marathon you don’t want to run…   And the finish line is at the peak of Hurricane Season!!!   What a fun, blue ribbon race. Why do I live here again…….? I’m really not sure……. I’d bolt for the North at the first opportunity, if it weren’t for the fact that I have two, born & raised, Floridian children…….and they don’t know what COLD is and wouldn’t want to follow me. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~ You might…

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The Mowing’s Done

The Mowing’s Done

    It took three (3) days… But it’s done… For the time being… I couldn’t touch any of the metal on the tractor’s chassis while I was out there. .. The sun was so searing, even at the cooler times of the day… I couldn’t get off the tractor’s seat for too long, because getting back on would scorch my bottom… The temperature’s been hanging around 99F degrees… The afternoon rains are supposed to re-start again later on this…

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A PTO Poem

A PTO Poem

  I had to mow… I had to mow awhile ago… But to mow required the PTO… And the PTO is usually a No-Go… Accompanied by frustration and woe… ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ And so…………… with the assistance of Paulo… …….away I did go… chopping & cutting and mowing in rows… Weeds & small trees were dispatched and laid low… Small rocks & wood chips were slung to and fro… No livestock were pelted or hit with a blow… ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Everything’s cut short…

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~~~Alex~~~

~~~Alex~~~

It’s a beautiful morning… The sun is just coming up…                 There’s still a mist rising up and a haze settling in…     It’s a Florida summer, so there’s moisture dripping from every opportunity…   It’s still not intolerably hot out there…….but you know it will to be shortly…   I love when the assortment of birds wake up and get going with their daily business……….they fly here or there……….all having their…

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The A/C Is Kaput!

The A/C Is Kaput!

How did they live in the South before air-conditioning?   How did they do it? (A lot of mint juleps I would guess.)   Our compressor seized yesterday…  It seized and died…   There’s no fixing it this time… It has to be replaced.     *****Monty Pyton’s “Dead Parrot” Skit*****         To reiterate my husband’s Monty Python quotes from after my last egg post——-our A/C is no more…….it has succumbed…….it is no longer pining for the…

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It’s Autumn Now……..

It’s Autumn Now……..

  The Autumnal Equinox has just happened.   Equal daylight to equal nighttime.   We’re coming up to a cooler time of the year……………….but it’s not here yet. The weather is in no way cooler…………for sure. Not one iota. It’s still super hot. I looked into a water tank at Mary Constance’s and there was a teeming batch of tadpoles…………….big ones……………..already sprouting hind legs. Mary Constance does live close to Bullfrog Creek. Earlier this week it got up to 96…

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